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Development of Slip Resistance Standard Surfaces

Objective

The societal and economical impact of slip accidents are wide ranging and there is an urgent need to prevent slip accidents via the design, third party testing and installation of safer flooring surfaces. The production of safer flooring presents a large potential market for the ceramic floor tile industry. Despite the existence of safety requirements for other products through the Construction Products Directive, neither univocal guidelines to help manufacturers in producing slip resistant ceramic tiles nor harmonized test methods for measurement of the slip resistance of tiles are currently available. For instance, the current standard (CEN-EN14411) defining the minimum requirements needed by ceramic tiles to be labelled with CE marking, does not include a common "European" requirement on slip resistance characteristics for ceramic tiles. Hence, various national level standard methods are still used to assess the slip resistance. In the absence of agreed slip resistance requirements and tests, there is a tendency for tile manufacturers to strive for innovative products via aesthetic routes rather than improved H&S performance in use. In SlipSTD project, a consortium comprising leading experts in this field will work together with industry representatives to design and manufacture standard surfaces with varying slip resistant properties. The design of surfaces will be based on tribology models and biomechanical testing and modelling. The fundamental knowledge and scientifically specified and constructed surfaces generated by the SlipSTD project will provide: - participating SMEs and IAGs with practical know-how and a suitable benchmark for designing and manufacturing slip resistant ceramic tiles; - CEN committees with scientifically defined surfaces that can be used to validate different tests and therefore will be a decisive step towards a harmonized European slip resistance test.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

CERAM RESEARCH LIMITED
Address
Queens Road, Penkhull
Stoke-on-trent
United Kingdom

Participants (19)

ALOIS KORZILIUS INTERBAU FABRIKATION FÜR MODERNE BAUKERAMIK GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
Address
Hauptstrasse 73-79
Ransbach-baumbach
APICER - ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DA INDÚSTRIA DE CERÂMICA
Portugal
Address
Edificio C, Rua Coronel Veiga Simao
Coimbra
ASOCIACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE FABRICANTES DE AZULEJOS Y PAVIMENTOS CERÁMICOS
Spain
Address
Camino De Caminas S/n
Castellon De La Plana
CEDIR - CERAMICHE DI ROMAGNA SPA
Italy
Address
Via Emilia Ponente 2070
Castelbolognese (Ra)
CENTRO CERAMICO DI BOLOGNA, CENTRO DI RICERCA E SPERIMENTAZIONE PER L'INDUSTRIA CERAMICA - CONSORZIO UNIVERSITARIO
Italy
Address
Via Martelli 26
Bologna
CERACASA SA
Spain
Address
Ctra. Castellon-teruel, Km.19
Alcora Castellon
CONFINDUSTRIA CERAMICA
Italy
Address
Viale Monte Santo, 40
Sassuolo (Mo)
DENNIS RUABON SALES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Hafod Tileries, Ruabon
Wrexham
DEUTSCHE GESETZLICHE UNFALLVERSICHERUNG - DGUV
Germany
Address
Alte Heerstraße 111
Sankt Augustin
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FÜR ANORGANISCHE WERKSTOFFE - GLAS/KERAMIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Heinrich-meister-strasse 2
Hoehr-grenzhausen
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27 C
München
HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE
United Kingdom
Address
Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge
London
KONINLIJKE MOSA BV
Netherlands
Address
Meerssenerweg 358
Maastricht
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS
United Kingdom
Address
66 Portland Place
London
THE TILE ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
Address
Forum Court, 83 Copers Cope Road
Beckenham
TOPCER - INDÚSTRIA DE CERÂMICA, LDA
Portugal
Address
Z. Industrial De Oiã
Oiã
TYÖTERVEYSLAITOS
Finland
Address
Topeliuksenkatu 41A
Helsinki
TYÖTURVALLISUUSKESKUS RY
Finland
Address
Lönnrotinkatu 4 B
Helsinki
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Box 534
Uppsala